New subzone is designed to curb mansionization

| November 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

POTENTIAL REZONING for Brookside and Sycamore Square, as R1 “variation zones,” or subzones, will be discussed Nov. 14. The map shows existing local Historic Preservation Overlay Zones and (in cross-hatching) variation zones.

Temporary zoning measures designed to protect neighborhood character and prevent building of homes too large for their lots are set to expire this summer for both Brookside and Sycamore Square.

Council District Four and the City Planning Dept. are holding a public meeting to discuss proposed new R-1 subzones to replace the Interim Control Ordinances (ICOs) before they expire in July.

The meeting to discuss the proposed single-family “variation zone,” or subzone, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. at Pan Pacific Park Recreation Center, 7600 Beverly Blvd. on Tues., Nov. 14.

Councilman David Ryu is recommending the R1R3-RG subzone, which is more restrictive than the standard R1 zone. The same subzone has been adopted for former ICO communities La Brea-Hancock and Larchmont Heights.

“La Brea-Hancock had the same ICO as Brookside, and we feel this would be a great permanent fix for the community,” said Ryu.

Brookside boundaries

Ryu also seeks to modify the geographical boundaries of the Brookside neighborhood, to include parcels on both the east and west sides of Muirfield. The east side inadvertently was left out.

The R1R3-RG zone is one of a number of new R1 single-family subzones that were adopted by the city earlier this year, establishing “envelope” guidelines to help new buildings and remodels fit more sensitively into the context of historic neighborhoods.

R1R3-RG explained

The “R1” indicates a single-family zone. “R3” indicates that the bulk of a new building should be located toward the rear of the building.

The “RG” designation indicates that garages should be located at the rear of the property instead of the front of the parcel.

The new zone will only apply to areas of affected neighborhoods that already are zoned R1 (single-family). Areas of Sycamore Square zoned R2 and R3 (for low-density multi-family housing) will not be affected.

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